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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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William W. McClay, a farmer and stock raiser, was born in Will County, Ill., February 4, 1853. His father, David McClay, was a native of Vermont, who went to Illinois when a young man, and there married Jane M. Rowe, of that State. His home in Illinois was in Will County, near Joliet. W. W. McClay moved to Missouri with his parents in 1859, locating in Adair County, where he grew to manhood, spending his youth on the farm. After arriving at maturity, he married Mary Melvina Howk, November 3, 1872, who was a daughter of John Howk, one of the pioneers and prominent farmers of Wilson Township. After his marriage he farmed in Salt River Township for a number of years. He ventured into mercantile life twice, once in 1873, in Brashear, selling out, however, in a short time. The second time he remained in the business two years, but finally sold out, and purchased the land upon which he now lives. He has 240 acres in his home place in a fine state of cultivation, and thirty-five acres of timber in another tract. He has a small house, not very much improved. Mr. and Mrs. McClay have a family of five children: Clarence G., Elma C., Laura A., Levina E. and Jerusha E. They have lost three children in infancy. Mrs. McClay is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and her husband belongs to the Knights of Labor. Their son, Clarence, who is mentioned above, is a remarkably bright and intelligent little boy, well advanced in his studies for a child of twelve years, and averaging 95 per cent in his studies while at the Brashear Academy.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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